List Of Human Rights In Zambia

What is Human Rights?

Human rights are moral principles or norms for certain standards of human behavior and are regularly protected in municipal and international law. 

List Of Human Rights In Zambia

Abuses by security forces, including unlawful killings, torture, and beatings;

Life-threatening prison conditions;

Restrictions on freedom of speech, assembly, and association; media freedom, noting levels of intolerance and harassment of journalists had increased in the year 2016 and suspensions of Itezhi-Tezhi radio station and MuviTV.

Arbitrary arrest and prolonged pretrial detention;

Arbitrary interference with privacy;

Government corruption;

Violence and discrimination against women, child abuse, and trafficking in persons;

Discrimination against persons with disabilities based on sexual orientation;

Restrictions on labor rights forced labor, and child labor; and

That the government generally did not take steps to prosecute or punish officials who committed abuses, allowing impunity to remain a problem.

Unlawful arrests and application of wrong charges on wrong cases.Eg the treason case of Hakainde Hichilema in 2017.

Public access to information: The law does not provide for public access to government information.

Corruption and lack of transparency in government.

Arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy, family, home, or correspondence.

What is the structure of the Human Rights Commission in Zambia?

It has its headquarters in the capital city, Lusaka, and is composed of seven commissioners, among whom are its chairperson and deputy chairperson.

The day-to-day activities are carried out by a directorate headed by a director-general, who also acts as the secretary to the commissioners.

How are human rights promoted in Zambia?

Human Rights Commission of Zambia

Its autonomy is guaranteed by Article 125(2) of the Constitution and Section 3 of the Human Rights Commission Act No. 39 of 1996.

The Commission has a broad mandate to promote and protect human rights as outlined in its constitutive Act.

How is Zambia implementing international human rights?

Zambia has ratified the following documents: African (Banjul) Charter on Human and People’s Rights. Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane,

or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.